Posts for January 2007



Biojewelry developed by Tobie Kerridge and Nikki Stott, combines biotech and design to give a new emphasis to debates concerning genetics.
Biojewelry allows two persons to undergo a biopsy, in which each of them has a sample of their bone cells removed. The tissue is harvested in a lab, grown until a mass of bone has developed and used as a material for a ring. The rings can then be exchanged as a symbol of their relationship.


Originally posted on Invisible Red by Rhizome



0troiooih.jpgAnother one of my favourite projects at the RCA Design Interactions show: Tuur Van Balen's Larry's Pillow - Goodnight/Good-bye.

If you're one of the very few who actually listen to the security announcement made just before take off on a plane, then you know that in case of emergency you're supposed to adopt a "brace position." Apparently the only thing the brace position can do for you is preserve your dental records in case of a crash. It keeps your teeth close to your seat number and makes identification easier for the forensic team.

Larry's Pillow gives you back some of the control you crave for in a moment of flight danger. In case of emergency, it helps you to take the brace position and straps you up securely. If you then choose to pull the tag, the pillow will inflate and suffocate you. You're thus in control over your own life and death. As the sense of losing all control not only exists in aeroplanes, in development are pillows designed for the office and domestic environment. For stockbrokers, board-members, housewives and teenagers.


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Jan 30: Loud Objects, Zach Layton, Sawako live at the Gershwin


Tuesday, Jan 30: curated by Neke Carson, Loud Objects (Tristan Perich, Kunal Gupta, Katie Shima) will be joined by sine-wave sensualist Zach Layton at the Gershwin Hotel, a place that has been home to many artists in the past. The Loud Objects -- working with smoking soldering irons on an overhead projector -- wire up live musical circuits, manipulating electronic music. Zach Layton will accompany this dense soundtrack with an enveloping sonic fabric woven out of pure sinusoidal oscillations. Beautiful miss sound-scape Sawako will open the night, so please don't be late!

Jan 30, 2007, 8PM
Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th (between 5th Ave and Madison)
$10/$5 student

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Sawako -
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Originally posted on Raw by Tristan Perich

Ida Ekblad



Ida Ekblad makes work based on Internet research. She was featured in the Copy and Paste Show, one of the online exhibitions in the Rhizome Time Shares series.

Originally posted on supercentral by cabbie

Camp Campaign


'How is it that a camp like Guantanamo Bay can exist in our time?,' ask artists Ayreen Anastas and Rene Gabri in their latest project, Camp Campaign, commissioned by New York's Art in General. Last summer Anastas and Gabri visited detention camps and other types of camps in the USA, meeting with fellow artists, scholars, and activists. They recorded these field trips, generating a set of documents examining the country's political landscape. They were particularly interested in the different manifestations of 'states of exception,' as in the case of the government's suspension of federal law in the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay camp. The artists built the website to expand upon their project by regularly posting journalistic accounts of their activities and reference essays on the topic. Currently on view at Art in General, the Camp Campaign exhibition represents the culmination of this work. Anastas and Gabri have created an installation that masquerades as one made by two fictional artists, complete with a program for the gallery, formatted like a Hollywood movie script. This treatment brings a level of surrealism to the contemplation of what feels like an implausible political context. In this way, the show is not merely an archival display of their journey, but a step forward into their inquiry of governing principles created in the name of security. - Miguel Amado


Evolutionary musical organism



Bacterial Orchestra is a self-organizing evolutionary musical organism made of audio cells. Every cell -consisting of microphone and a loudspeaker- listens to its surroundings and picks up sounds trying to play them back in sync with what it hears. It can be the background noise, people talking or sound played by other cells. Every cell is simple, but together they create a complex whole.

Every cell is born with a unique set of characteristics (its DNA) that control the way it will react to sound. If it's not fit enough, the cell dies and is reborn with a new DNA (you can also adopt a cell, btw.)

The result is a musical organism adapting to its environment, evolving with neighbouring cells and spectators and becoming musically smarter and smarter.

The piece was developed by Olle Corneer, Christian Horgren and Martin Lubcke. I asked Olle a couple of questions about the Bacterial Orchestra:

What motivated you to make this installation?

We are really interested in systems that are self-organizing and has it's own life. You never know what would will be created in the end. The only thing you could do is to give birth to the creation. Then wait. I have been interested in sound installations for a while now, but I often think that they're more "sound" than "music". This is musical organism. It might sound a bit random, but it creates music. All sounds from the Bacterial Orchestra are played in interaction with the other cells and with sounds in the room. It's music.

Any plan to show the installation at other venues or to keep on improving it?

Yes, we have just showed it one time. First we are interested in showing it in another environment - since it will react competely different. We ...


Originally posted on we make money not art by Rhizome

Call for Residency Applications Summer 2007


Eyebeam is now accepting applications for six-month Residency opportunities. Artists, hackers, designers, engineers and creative technologists are invited to apply to be Residents at Eyebeam, to work for six months on projects or research of artistic endeavor or creative expression. The ideal Resident has experience working with and generating innovative technological art and/or creative technology projects and has a passion for interdisciplinary exchange. Application deadline is Feb. 26.


Originally posted on Eyebeam reBlog by perry

Collision 11



Call for Entries

Collision 11 is looking for experimental technology based artwork. Collision 11 will be held in conjunction with the Cambridge Science Festival and the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

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Originally posted on networked_performance by jo

Transforming e-waste into art


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Erica Ogg @ has a great write up of last weekend's SF Recycling & Disposal Artist in Residence program exhibit... I'm putting this in the "News from the Future" category, what a great program for artists and cities... There is so much stuff, it seems art is a natural fit...

"It's said that one man's trash is another's treasure. Never was that more true than Saturday at the SF Recycling & Disposal Artist in Residence Program show here.

I can't say I ever imagined myself venturing to the dump and recycling plant just south of San Francisco--or any waste disposal site, really--to take in a little post-post-modern inspiration. But that's where I was this weekend, heading down an uneven road pockmarked with potholes still filled with last night's rain, past rows of battered white garbage trucks parked behind chain link fences topped with barbed wire. " - Link & more.


It may sound funny, but having lived there, I can tell you that a lot of great work has come out of SF dump residencies. Jon Brumit and Marc Horowitz are two of my favorite dump alums. ~mo

Originally posted on MAKE Magazine by Rhizome

Where Do Art & Fashion Meet Hi-Tech?


WearNow :: ‘TECH’ is the new ‘BLACK’

While most Australians sun themselves on summer holidays wondering whether there was more to the ipod, 7 international and local facilitators and 20 specially selected artists and designers will be busy indoors stitching the worlds of textile and technology together over 3 intensive weeks at the Australian Network for Art and Technology’s (ANAT) reSkin media lab series.

By no means a simple sewing circle, reSkin will see artists and facilitators research, develop and rapid-prototype sensor, time based and reactive clothing. It’s jewellery-shoes-bags-personal-environmental-you-name-it designs, gadgets, gizmos and devices; anything wearable and technologically integrated.

Designer of ZiZi, the affectionate couch, Stephen Barrass, will lecture alongside leading Australian sound artist Alistair Riddell, Montreal-based squishy circuit designer Joanna Berzowska and fellow MIT media lab alumni, LA-based multimedia designer and programmer Elise Co. The sessions will delve into cutting edge concepts of “smart” artefacts, exploring embedded electronics within the design of everyday objects.

The innovative and extensive reSkin Lab project will conclude with an exciting opportunity for the public to join in the debates that will shape our digidesign future, with the WearNow forum which will be hosted over two days at the National Museum of Australia.

Fri 2nd @ ANU Gallery
Sat 3rd @ National Museum of Australia
ANAT’s WearNow public forum of critical discourse around wearable futures.

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Originally posted on Raw by Rhizome